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Columbus was buried in Spain, scientists say

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA forensic team led by Spanish geneticist Jose Antonio Lorente compared DNA from bones buried in a cathedral in Seville with DNA from remains known to be from Columbus’ brother, Diego, who also is buried in the southern Spanish city. “There is absolute matchup between the mitochondrial DNA we have studied from Columbus’ brother and Christopher Columbus,” Castro said. Juan Bautista Mieses, director of the Columbus Lighthouse – a building built to house the explorer’s remains – dismissed the findings. “The remains have never left Dominican territory,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MADRID, Spain – Scientists said Friday they have confirmed that at least some of Christopher Columbus’ remains were buried inside a Spanish cathedral, a discovery that could help end a century-old debate over the explorer’s final resting place. DNA samples from 500-year-old bone slivers could contradict the Dominican Republic’s competing claim that the explorer was laid to rest in the New World, said Marcial Castro, a Seville-area historian and high school teacher who devised the study that began in 2002. However, some of Columbus’ remains also could have been buried in the Dominican Republic, he said. The announcement came a day before the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ death in Valladolid, Spain. last_img read more